Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild StrikeHD Closed Captioning
Brian S. Kalata
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About the Movie
In 2007, the Writers Guild of America (WGA), the labor union that represents writers in the American television and movie industry, hit an impasse in their contract negotiations with the Studios. At the center of the dispute was jurisdiction over the Internet. Unable to make progress, the WGA called a strike, which brought Hollywood to a halt for 100 Days. Using a blend of ground level strike footage, one-on-one interviews with key industry figures, and historical Hollywood footage, the film not only explores the historical components surrounding the decision to grind Hollywood to a 100 day standstill, but also examines the issues in terms of the relevance for today's entertainment workers and those coming into the industry in the future. At its core, Pencils Down! The 100 Days of the Writers Guild Strike tackles the all-important question regarding this new frontier of entertainment accessibility: what is the industry business model for the Internet?
Relevant for today's political climate
A very moving documentary. The emotions and feelings expressed in the film apply to our current political situation today. It seems as if we have not evolved very much from that time and as we all know either you learn from history or history repeats itself.
This is a great documentary for anybody that is interested in the why when and where of the last writer's strike. Very insightful interviews with the key players. It shows the real effects of the ongoing fight to unionize for the betterment of the "common people" vs the corporate "man". A must-see for those that seek justice in today's world! Nicely done.